First of all, let me say that I am well aware of the health and nutritional disparities of our country, and they are sickening. I know that all grocery stores are not created equal and I know that for some families eating at McDonald's is one of the only options due to its availability (most urban/rural areas won't have a Panera, Chipotle, Au Bon Pain, or Pinkberry, but they will have a McDonald's). And also, due to its affordability (because, let's be honest, none of the previously mentioned restaurants have a price point similar to McDonald's). Even at McDonald's choosing some of the healthier items means spending more money and that is a HUGE problem. But when did we lose our free will when it comes to food? Why does McDonald's have to put calorie counts in our faces for us to choose milk over pop for our kids, or a grilled snack wrap over the fried for ourselves?
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I want to make healthier decisions so that I can be around for my kid (and future kids)...
I want to make healthier decisions so that my children will make good decisions about food and exercise...
I want to make healthier decisions because I want to look and feel my best!
It is possible that other restaurants will follow McDonald's lead, but even if they do not, it doesn't have to stop us from being informed consumers and health conscious eaters. As a future doc, I will continue to do my part by helping to counsel families on improving their eating habits and working towards owning their health despite the circumstances. We can all take small steps towards being healthy and it can make a bigger difference than you would think.
Here are some websites/apps that let you find calories on your own:
Eat This Not That
Lose It (They have a cellphone app too)
My Fitness Pal (They have a cell phone app too)
What do you think about McDonald's new change? How do you fight food temptation when you are choosing what to eat?